What To Bring To Kids Games
So, are you wondering what to bring to kids games?
What sports game are you attending? The type of game you are attending and the time of year can make a difference in the things you'll want to bring.
Sometimes I'll leave certain items in the trunk of my car or the back of my SUV, just so I do not forget them.
Items such as bleacher seats, blankets and umbrellas could be left in the car all the time during a sports season.
Leaving these things in the car will keep you from having to remember them each time.
What to Bring to Any Kids Game
- Address and Directions to the Game
Many times this is the last thing we think to bring since we are concentrating on getting everything else together, which is why this is first on my list. ;)
I recommend owning a Smartphone with email, calendar and GPS capability to keep up with all schedules from the coaches as well as a handy way to get turn-by-turn directions to games.
If a Smartphone is not available to you, just bring the address or directions before leaving your house or you could purchase a GPS (Global Positioning System) device separately.
If you are like me, I LIVE by the turn-by-turn directions my GPS provides me!
- Game Schedule
If your child is playing in a tournament or a double-header baseball game, it’s nice to refer to the game schedule times and places. You don’t want to rely on memory when you have so many other things to remember.
Some games will charge between $2 and $10 to enter a game, depending on your area. You also may want to buy food or drinks at the concession stand, which is usually cash only!
- Folding Chairs or Bleacher Seats
At least two (for you and your potential guest), maybe more depending on kids you may be bringing. The bleachers are not comfortable for long-term seating. I usually leave these chairs in my car at all times.
- Cooler or Ice Chest
Some parks do not allow a cooler unless you are part of the team, usually they do allow the players to bring one. You could bring one of those coolers that look like a purse and nobody would question it.
I recommend letting your child bring in their own little cooler to save on concession stand costs. You could also save money by packing your own lunches for you and your child.
I recommend the following brands depending on your budget and preferences:
--- For higher budgets: Yeti coolers will keep ice for two days! Great for staying in hotel rooms that do not have refrigerators.
--- For tighter budgets: Coleman coolers are great, especially the ones with the rollers to wheel out to the game. You always need an extra hand to carry other things!
- Cell Phone
If you always carry a cell phone, this won’t be a problem to remember. It doesn't have to be a Smartphone, but you never know when grandparents or other relatives will want an update or when you need to call for an emergency.
It is also helpful for parents of the players to communicate during or between games. One parent could be at the store to grab your child a drink if there is not a concession stand available.
- Digital Camera or Video Camera
For catching great, clear pictures of your kids in action without being a professional photographer, you will specifically want a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera) Camera with a zoom lens. Don't just get the cheapest camera or use your phone or you will be disappointed.
The SLR Digital Cameras are good too, as this is what I used in my early years of sports picture taking, and they were still far better than a regular digital camera.
It is difficult to get up close to take pictures at most games, so the zoom lens will allow you to sit in the stands and watch while still getting great pictures.
The pictures on my website are taken with a DSLR Camera with a zoom lens, and I was able to enjoy the game from the stands while getting great pictures and watching at the same time!
Many people use their phones today, but you can only zoom so far with the best phone/camera.
The zoom lens is a must for getting up close pictures while your kids are playing out on the sports field.
Trust me, a good quality camera will be a great investment not only for quality sports action shots, but family photos as well! We used our first SLR Digital Camera for over 10 years before we bought a new DSLR Camera. My sister still uses our older camera today, and loves it!
- First Aid Kit
You never know when a kid can get hurt in any sports game. The odds are higher in some games than others, but the potential is always there. Better to be prepared with some large Band-Aids, gauze, ACE bandage, Neosporin, hydrogen peroxide, Ibuprofen and Icy Hot. It wouldn’t hurt to bring a plastic baggie to put ice in for injuries. Concessions stands (if there is one) will supply ice for hurt players.
- Bestselling Book or E-reader (optional)
A book or e-reader is great to have when there is time to kill before a game. The teams are usually required to be there an hour before the game to warm up, so it's a great time to relax with your favorite book.
Some people like to keep their own stats on an iPad app, but this could also be used to entertain siblings or other kids that you bring to the game. It can also be entertainment for yourself when you're waiting for the game to start.
What to Bring to Outdoor Kids Games
- Blanket, Coat, Jacket or Hoodie or All of These
might think a coat is enough at temperatures between 50 to 70 degrees, but you
will be glad you had this. It is surprising even in some summer days how cool
it can get at night. I leave a blanket and jacket in my car at all times.
and Bug Repellent
wouldn’t believe how often you get burnt during a game when you’re not thinking
about the sun. This can even happen in colder weather if it’s sunny.
There can sometimes be mosquitoes or little gnats depending on the area or surrounds
of the field they are playing on.
- Hat or
are not always enough to block the sun at games. I wear a baseball hat to outdoor winter games for a little warmth on top of my head. I wear a visor for the Spring and Summer
games. Visors will block the sun from coming over the top of your sunglasses.
- Winter Hat or Ear Muffs
If it's really cold sometimes I wear some ear muffs or a warm winter hat.
- Scarf and Gloves
Scarfs and gloves come in handy for cold games as well.
are good for wiping sweat, and you could also get it wet for
cooling your child’s forehead either using your cooler water or some from the faucet in the restroom. Or, you could buy one of those cooling towels that stays cool for hours.
- Canopy Tent, Poncho or Umbrella
are especially good for hot summer games. You would be amazed at how this
canopy will help during hot weather, and other parents will love you for it too
as it is easily shared. It literally feels like a 15-degree drop in
temperature, and that is great when it’s 95 degrees outside.
I keep a couple of cheap ponchos in my car in case of rain.
You could also just bring a regular umbrella for yourself to block sun or rain,
as long as you’re careful not to block anyone’s view of the game.
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